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Lawrence Kasdan promises the next Star Wars films will take us somewhere "entirely new"

Feb. 11, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Lawrence Kasdan is the man who gave us STAR WARS. Okay, technically it was George Lucas, but for those of us who hold THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in the highest esteem in the franchise, that thanks is owed to screenwriter Kasdan. He was working within the confines of Lucas' world, but Kasdan gave us the depth that was lacking in A NEW HOPE. He turned the space opera of the first film into the world where not everything has a happy ending. That edge has been missing ever since.

Kasdan is back now working as a consultant on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and as well as screenwriter on a secret project many assume will be one of the standalone films that were unofficially announced last week. He did not confirm in any way which project he was working on, but did say that it was not based on a previous film or the extended universe novels, comics, and video games.

Im trying to start fresh, he said. There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that theyve been missing, and were hoping to bring them that, and at the same time, have them feel that its all new.

I have no problem with the films maintaining a separate universe from the non-movie STAR WARS world. Sure, combining them would be cool, but going off in another direction works as well, as long as they don't contradict each other. But, how does Kasdan feel about J.J. Abrams taking the reins from his friend Lucas?

George sort of brought me into this part of it, and hes stepping back from the company, he said. Hes sort of given his blessing to everybody, and hell be there if you need him. I think everyones interested to see where this can go. Its been some very different places over 30 years . I think with J.J., well get something entirely new.

Technically he has to say Abrams will do a good job, but I respect Kasdan enough that I trust his judgement. He also shared why he thinks the films work as well as they do and have lasted the test of time.

The ones I worked on were a long time ago, and they had a slightly different feeling than the ones that followed, he said. The first three, Star Wars, Empire and Return of the Jedi are all sort of more about people than the ones that followed. Empire appeals to people, I think, because its the second act of a three-act play, and everything sort of goes to hell during the movie. And when you leave, everyone is in trouble, and that is the best part of the story to write. And people responded to it. Irvin Kershner was a completely different kind of director than George, so the movies much darker than the first Star Wars. Its more edgy.

Kasdan is the ideal choice to be an advisor on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and wherever else Disney and Lucasfilm plan to go. He knows the universe and what makes it work. I just hope that every film maintains that edgy vibe he created so well in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will arrive sometime in 2015 or 2016.

Source: Hero Complex

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3:34PM on 02/11/2013
Maybe JJ can timewarp us back to when Anakin becomes Vadar at the end of III and have the Emperor bitch slap him for sounding like a whiney little bitch when screaming for Padme. Seriously only Lucas could have taken the biggest bad-ass ever and turned him into an emo pissypants.
Maybe JJ can timewarp us back to when Anakin becomes Vadar at the end of III and have the Emperor bitch slap him for sounding like a whiney little bitch when screaming for Padme. Seriously only Lucas could have taken the biggest bad-ass ever and turned him into an emo pissypants.
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11:14PM on 02/11/2013
funny I thought that part of rather good....esp. the screaming part, made him seem real and show us that he was still transitioning from man to machine....3 was the only redeeming thing about the prequels, almost at least...but I still enjoyed 3 the best at least.
funny I thought that part of rather good....esp. the screaming part, made him seem real and show us that he was still transitioning from man to machine....3 was the only redeeming thing about the prequels, almost at least...but I still enjoyed 3 the best at least.
4:09PM on 02/11/2013
I wholeheartedly concur with Alex Maidy. Yep, Star Wars is George Lucas's brainchild and for that we should at the end of the day be eternally grateful. But it was Lawrence Kasdan that made Star Wars what it is. That made these characters and stories and galaxy endure for all time.

I'm genuinely stoked to see what the team of Kasdan, Arndt, and Abrams can come up with.
I wholeheartedly concur with Alex Maidy. Yep, Star Wars is George Lucas's brainchild and for that we should at the end of the day be eternally grateful. But it was Lawrence Kasdan that made Star Wars what it is. That made these characters and stories and galaxy endure for all time.

I'm genuinely stoked to see what the team of Kasdan, Arndt, and Abrams can come up with.
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4:19PM on 02/11/2013
In Kasdan We Trust.
In Kasdan We Trust.
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4:39PM on 02/11/2013

I want slow, samurai-style lightsaber battles...

No more hopping around like lunatics. The fights in the original trilogy were so much more realistic and intense. The prequels were too cartoony and childish. We need focused battles, long and drawn out single takes. Make the big 1 vs 1 fights 5 minutes of uncut action. No jump cuts every 2 seconds, no music other than an intense orchestra. It needs to feel like it could really be a sequel.
No more hopping around like lunatics. The fights in the original trilogy were so much more realistic and intense. The prequels were too cartoony and childish. We need focused battles, long and drawn out single takes. Make the big 1 vs 1 fights 5 minutes of uncut action. No jump cuts every 2 seconds, no music other than an intense orchestra. It needs to feel like it could really be a sequel.
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9:20PM on 02/15/2013
Not sure why you have received so many thumbs down. You are on the right track. There was huge inconsistencies between the original and prequel trilogy.
Not sure why you have received so many thumbs down. You are on the right track. There was huge inconsistencies between the original and prequel trilogy.
12:38AM on 02/12/2013
CRACK IS WACK
CRACK IS WACK
7:05PM on 02/11/2013
I'm glad to hear the standalone films will be taking a different approach. Though I'm not surprised, it's nice to see confirmation instead of seeing the same Skywalker storyline replayed again and again. This, with the addition of individual character films, I have to say, Disney is going to be making that $4 billion they gave Lucas in two years.
I'm glad to hear the standalone films will be taking a different approach. Though I'm not surprised, it's nice to see confirmation instead of seeing the same Skywalker storyline replayed again and again. This, with the addition of individual character films, I have to say, Disney is going to be making that $4 billion they gave Lucas in two years.
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7:10PM on 02/11/2013

We owe it to Irvin Kershner for "The Empire Strikes Back"

I disagree slightly with the article quickly giving full credit to Kasdan. Not hating on Lawrence Kasdan, he did amazing things for both Star Wars and Indiana Jones. BUT it was Irvin Kershner who made many of the final decisions in "The Empire Strikes Back" which aided greatly in this film being a classic. Starting with changing the script's dialogue and scenes to better fit the characters. He's the reason Han Solo is such a badass in that film. Examples: Insisting that Han Solo frozen in
I disagree slightly with the article quickly giving full credit to Kasdan. Not hating on Lawrence Kasdan, he did amazing things for both Star Wars and Indiana Jones. BUT it was Irvin Kershner who made many of the final decisions in "The Empire Strikes Back" which aided greatly in this film being a classic. Starting with changing the script's dialogue and scenes to better fit the characters. He's the reason Han Solo is such a badass in that film. Examples: Insisting that Han Solo frozen in carbonite look more like he would be fighting his way out rather than just handcuffed. But most of all, having Han not say "I love you too" but say "I know". All Kershner! Watch the commentary for "Empire" it's the amazing to hear Kershner speak about the film! The making of it in "Empire of Dreams" is great too.
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11:28PM on 02/11/2013
Check this out. It's from "Empire of Dreams"

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Check this out. It's from "Empire of Dreams"

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11:12PM on 02/11/2013
I thought Ford came up with it on the spot or something like that and it was his idea as well...That's what I remember hearing when Ford told the story.
I thought Ford came up with it on the spot or something like that and it was his idea as well...That's what I remember hearing when Ford told the story.
11:01PM on 02/11/2013
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You are right. It was Ford who improvised the line, but only because Kershner told him to come up with something different from the script. The original line was "I love you too" and Kershner said that was not something Han Solo would say back. He did take after take after take with Ford until finally Ford came up with "I know". Kershner loved it, the producer ran up to him and said it would never work. Kershner said it was great and was something Han's character would actually
Alexkarmamojo
You are right. It was Ford who improvised the line, but only because Kershner told him to come up with something different from the script. The original line was "I love you too" and Kershner said that was not something Han Solo would say back. He did take after take after take with Ford until finally Ford came up with "I know". Kershner loved it, the producer ran up to him and said it would never work. Kershner said it was great and was something Han's character would actually say. Kershner was the perfect director to make the Star Wars characters everything they possibly could be. He knew the importance of exploring them and making them way more interesting in a sequel to "A New Hope". Gotta check out the Kershner's commentary, and "Empire of Dreams".
9:06PM on 02/11/2013
I thought Han saying, "I know" was due to Ford?
I thought Han saying, "I know" was due to Ford?
9:30PM on 02/11/2013
A fellow schmoe pointed out to me on the Strike Backs that credit is also due to Leigh Brackett, the late sci-fi writer who co-wrote the screenplay for Episode V with Kasdan.
A fellow schmoe pointed out to me on the Strike Backs that credit is also due to Leigh Brackett, the late sci-fi writer who co-wrote the screenplay for Episode V with Kasdan.
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4:05AM on 02/12/2013

But

this slightly contradicts what Mark Hamill said: he said when the original Star Wars was being filmed George Lucas asked him if he would be willing to do five more. Apparently George Lucas already had a vague idea for Episodes VII, VIII and IX back then. He also said that he, George Lucas and Carrie Fisher had lunch together before George sold the rights to Disney and that George asked him again if he would be willing to do three more movies. We know that the movies are based on Lucas'
this slightly contradicts what Mark Hamill said: he said when the original Star Wars was being filmed George Lucas asked him if he would be willing to do five more. Apparently George Lucas already had a vague idea for Episodes VII, VIII and IX back then. He also said that he, George Lucas and Carrie Fisher had lunch together before George sold the rights to Disney and that George asked him again if he would be willing to do three more movies. We know that the movies are based on Lucas' treatment for Episodes VII, VIII and IX. Presumably it has taken this long for George Lucas to work out the kinks in the story. If Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher are reprising their roles then Episode VII will probably take place 30 years after Episode VI which means that it will probably involve the children of Han Solo and Princess Leia.
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